From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....
©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)
And Buffalo George
Looks like another great series of books in the mold of the "Brotherhood" US Army books. Our hero is a mustang, commissioned in a strange way; he has a love interest not from his station in life and a good buddy of the same ilk who plays polo. The characters are marvelous, even if they seem to repeat, repeat, repeat. Well read, Dick Hill. And, in the end, the book just ends without fanfare. If I'd not just run out of time on the audio book, it could just continue. Wait! I think it will continue in book 2 :-/
Not really, this entire series is more of a soap opera set in WWII rather than an action series. There is more implied sex than fighting.
Just this author
There are more books in the series but I have no interest in wasting my time listening.
I don't know why these books are rated so high.
I really wide web griffins writing. I read his presidential agent series 1st, and I see some parallels in his earlier work, namely this book. Overall, it's really enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of military fiction.
fantastic story telling ,realistic characters,an epic read.Griffin does it again very enjoyable through and through.can't wait for more
Typical Griffin story. I must admit I am a sucker for a Griffin / Hill audiobook. Irritated by the authors obvious lack of interest in completing the story in the same vein as he started it.
Sadly, does not compare favorably with his other books. It starts off nicely and held my attention. However, it seemed as if he was tiring and lost interest in the work. The denouement arrives unexpectedly with lots of loose ends. He even ignores one of the main characters.I am not at all sure that I will read another if this is a trend.
Top notch writing from a master story teller. I have had this in paper back for years and practically wore the ink off of the pages; it's great stuff.
Considering the above, I admit that i had my own character voices pretty well set in my head- that happens a lot when you have more books than all other households items added together
. I can stretch to other adaptations most of the time, but not here. I just never conceived of a bunch of marines sounding like a pack of particularly nebbishy Brooklynites. sigh...
Apart from the character dissonance, Mr. Hill is Ok... Good diction, good pacing, consistent voices and well able to handle military jargon and foreign place names smoothly. He had maybe a slight over-pronunciation that clinked against my ear on some occasions, but all in all, a good reader... just not the one for this book.
I didn't want it to end. The story was easy to follow. The character development was excellent. I really enjoyed the detailed description of the Marine Corp life.
Yikes! I sat down to listen to a rousing story about life in the core. What I got was a preponderance of profanity and a gratuitous number of sex scenes and references. My five year old walked into the room during the scene when the main character was fervently trying to stare up the dress of the gay pastor's wife. Guess I should have been glad he didn't walk in while he was talking about 14 year old prostitutes or having a prolonged, vivid sexual encounter with said pastor's wife.
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